There are three more weekends left in Mankato’s Spring Cleanup, which allows residents to dispose of most household waste free of charge. It’s in a new location this year, at the Public Works Center building on South Victory Drive.

Director of Public Utilities Mark Winson said one of the best outcomes of moving to that spot has been a noticeable decrease in wait time. “It’s my understanding that in the past people had to sit in line 30 to 45 minutes,” he said, “I’ve heard reports that the longest anybody sat was eight to 10 minutes this year.”

An unwanted drug drop-off is also available on site, because Winson said it’s important to keep them out of the landfill and the water supply. “In the first weekend we collected 47 pounds, and I think last year it was only 35-36 pounds,” he said.

As for traffic in the area surrounding the Public Works Center, Winson said, “Everything is flowing smoothly, and a lot of that has to do with public safety and public works having everything lined up so people can just get in, get out, and get on their way and go enjoy the rest of their Saturday.

They’ll accept most unwanted household items, including electronics. Items not accepted are concrete, asphalt, tires, appliances, recyclable material, and hazardous waste.

Hours are 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Those wishing to drop off unwanted items will have to show a driver’s license, state ID card, or a utility bill to prove that they live in Mankato.